Basically every German “Universitätsstudent“ enrolled at an American college or university can participate. Teaching experience is not required. You’re only expected to have an interest in your host country and to be open to a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and perspectives. You should enjoy talking about everyday life in Germany or German politics, culture, and history.
You can freely determine the focus of the topic you’d like to share: you can report on your field of study, a hobby, or a specific experience. The only requirement is that you give qualified information, and enjoy meeting American middle or high school students. This also means you should be open to an American perspective on the topic you’d like to talk about. The school lesson should not only inform, but also make a dialogue possible.
An American teacher will consult you in regards to arranging the school visit. The structure of the lesson is open-ended. On the application form you can specify if you’d like to give a short talk, lead a discussion, or be interviewed. You could also offer a workshop on composing a piece of music, arrange a dance with them, or give a cooking demonstration – anything interactive is fine!
You can participate in the program as often as you like. One class usually takes between 45 and 90 minutes, so you can easily visit two classes in one day. Maybe you can even stay for lunch so you get to experience an American high school cafeteria.
If you need extra material such as music CDs, German newspapers, painting or crafts supplies, contact
the Goethe-Institut serving your state.
the Goethe-Institut serving your state with all your questions. The Goethe-Institut also offers an introductory workshop. Topics to be covered are methods of cross-cultural communication skills, the American school system, and teaching techniques.
Go to the registration form for students on this page. Complete it and send it online. We’ll try to find suitable classes/teachers for you who will then contact you via e-mail.
We would love to get feedback from you. We thank you for filling out the feedback form and sending it back to us. Upon completion of the program participants will receive a volunteer certificate and be reimbursed for their travel expenses.